Tea Party hero Sen. Jim DeMint, who jolted Washington Thursday with the news he would leave to head the conservative Heritage Foundation, has found his rightful home. The U.S. Senate was just not his cup of tea. For a man who said he would rather have 30 pure conservatives in the Republican minority in the Senate that 60 moderates to give the party a majority, it is clear that — having not found his untainted minority, or an uncompromised majority — that the outside is where he belongs.
To win or remain pure? That is the question Republicans must answer as they reset for 2016. To legislate and compromise, or to oppose? That is another question Republicans must ask themselves in the coming days as they try and resolve the fiscal cliff without taking their party off its own cliff.
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